D4VD UNVEILS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW SONG “PLACEBO EFFECT”
TO EMBARK ON SOLD-OUT DEBUT HEADLINING TOUR
(“Placebo Effect” artwork — download HERE)
“What’s most striking about d4vd’s story isn’t the overnight success, but rather the immense potential in the songs of a teenager who only so recently discovered his talent.”
– Pigeons & Planes
“Here is a very contemporary kind of budding star. Still just 17, d4vd has already cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Alternative/Rock charts — though that probably undersells how famous he is.”
“And while d4vd may only be 17, don’t let his age fool you. The musician is mature beyond his years (both in the personal and artistic sense). He has a unique ability to make the most inexpressible emotions palpable.”
– V Man
“crafts emotive indie-leaning gems, breaking through to the mainstream”
8 FEBRUARY 2023 (TORONTO, ON) – Today, 17-year-old singer-songwriter d4vd releases his new single “Placebo Effect” via Darkroom/Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada. Listen to “Placebo Effect” HERE. He also announced additional stops on his debut headlining tour in Paris on March 1 at Point Éphémère and Toronto on March 6 at Drake Underground.
The moody track hears d4vd share an experience of unrequited love set to ambient mournful instrumentals as he realizes that what he felt was just a placebo effect of the real thing.
This single is a capstone for d4vd’s breakout 2022 and a sign of much more to come in 2023. Last year, d4vd released two highly acclaimed chart-climbing singles, the grungy, guitar-driven breakup anthem “Romantic Homicide” (spending its 22nd week on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #1 on Spotify’s US Viral chart) and slow-building beachy ballad “Here With Me”– which is spending its 5th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit a new global Spotify peak at #13. d4vd was recently named one of Zane Lowe’s 23 Artists To Watch In 2023 and named a hero artist for Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2023.
After facing copyright strikes on his gaming youtube channel, d4vd began recording his own music inside his sister’s closet on the app BandLab. He stays true to his DIY beginnings as he continues to release genre-defying singles with influences ranging from R&B to Indie Rock.
On February 17, d4vd will embark on his debut headlining run of tour dates which entirely sold out minutes after going on sale. It will kick off the tour at White Oak Music Hall in his hometown of Houston (Feb 17) before making his way to The Echo in Los Angeles (Feb 21). He then stops at The Lower Third in London (Feb 21), Point Éphémère in Paris (March 1), and Baby’s All Right in New York (March 3), before closing out the tour in Toronto at Drake Underground (March 6).
D4VD HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
Feb 17 - White Oak Music Hall (upstairs) - Houston, TX**
Feb 21 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA**
Feb 28 - The Lower Third - London, UK**
March 1 - Point Éphémère - Paris, FR
March 3 - Baby's All Right - New York, NY**
March 6 - Drake Underground -Toronto, CAN**
(credit: Nick Walker – download HERE)
d4vd emerged as a visionary artist only one year after he began writing and recording heart-piercing tracks alone in his sister's closet in Houston, Texas. d4vd gained his now-eclectic taste in rap and indie music from internet wormholes and fan-made Fortnite videos on YouTube, which he also started creating as a homeschooled teenager. As an avid player who has amassed over fifty thousand subscribers on his gaming channel, he noticed that the songs in his game montages were getting copyright strikes, and his mother suggested that he should write his own original music as a solution. This motivated d4vd to start recording his own tracks after discovering an easy-to-use music-making app called BandLab. He’s released a smattering of singles touching everything from indie-alternative to pop to R&B, and the 17-year-old, born David Burke, scored a breakout hit in summer 2022 with the melancholic indie rock song “Romantic Homicide,” whose brutally honest lyrics about heartbreak and resentment have connected with hundreds of thousands of listeners. His slow-building beachy ballad, “Here With Me” also climbed the charts, establishing d4vd as a genre-defying newcomer. d4vd’s intuitive command of lyricism stems from his years of scribbling raps and poems in his journal since childhood and his versatile interests shine in his music, drawing primarily from manga for his “real and grounded” narratives. “Romantic Homicide,” a song recorded entirely on an iPhone, reached No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and led to d4vd signing to Darkroom/Interscope before d4vd even graduated high school.